Monday 11th January
British History: Prehistoric Britain
Over the next five weeks, we will be taking a trip back in time exploring the different eras which tell the story of our island. Today, we are going to start with the fascinating and exciting prehistoric Britain...
The story of prehistoric Britain began when the first humans arrived in Britain. It ended when the Romans conquered the ancient Britons and Britain became part of the Roman Empire. The earliest humans were hunter-gatherers. They survived by hunting animals and finding food to eat. Then, very gradually people learned new skills. First they learned to herd animals and grow crops. Later they discovered the secrets of making bronze and iron. Prehistoric people couldn't read or write, but they were astonishing builders. Their tombs, forts and monuments have survived for thousands of years.
It would be simply impossible to cram millions of years of History in to one session so today we will be focusing one one intriguing aspect present during this period of time...PREHISTORIC ANIMALS! What's more exciting than the thought of our ancestors walking alongside wooly mammoths and saber toothed tigers?
Climate change during the Stone Age caused animal life in Britain to go through several changes.
During the Ice Ages, Britain was covered by ice and snow. Herds of mammoths, reindeer and woolly rhinoceroses roamed across the snow and brown bears sheltered in caves.
In the warm periods between the Ice Ages, Britain became as hot as Africa is today! Elephants, hippos, rhinos and hyenas all moved north through Europe to live in Britain.
The last Ice Age ended around 15,000 years ago and the British climate became very similar to how it is today. The forests were full of foxes and red squirrels. Wolves and bears lived in the hills.
Britain was home to most of the species of birds, fish and shellfish we have today, so people had a wide range of food to eat.
TASK: Using the internet and information provided, can you create a fact file on a prehistoric animal of your choice? Once you have finished, why not follow the illustrator tutorial to create some beautiful artwork to go with your research?
Check out the Fact File example below to help you...